First World War Trench Map part showing NEUVE CHAPELLE on the Richebourg Map

Via Flickr:This image focusses on Neuve Chapelle, scene of a major battle.

World War One Trench Map of the RICHEBOURG District. Dated 8th August 1916. The whole map clearly showing many famous names from the conflict such as Lorgies, Illies, Le Transloy, Trois Maisons, Halpegarbe, Ligny le Petit, Ligny le Grande, Distillery, Rue de Marais, Indian Village, Festubert and Neuve Chapelle.

Some of the trenches are named. British and Allies, in blue, are named – Rifle Row, New Cut Alley, Chateau Road, Bomb Row, Brewery Road, Fifteenth Street, Liverpool Street. To the East of Liverpool Street on the front Line you can see a point nicknamed The Nab. The Nab is a point off the South Coast of England to the east of the Isle of Wight. Was this named by soldiers of the 3rd Wessex who were in this area as part of 8th Division?

The trenches of Neuve Chapelle are where this author’s grandfather was serving as a Serjeant in the 3rd Wessex, 26th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. This would have been before he caught a bullet in the head from which he survived. He was an Old Contemptible.

The family I has his 1914 Mons Star Medal Trio, Old Contemptibles Badge and Silver War Badge. His medal index card confirms that he entered France 15th September 1914 as a Corporal. Discharged 15th October 1917 after his wounding.

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